117A. James Pigot 1839


In 1826/7 James Pigot & Co. issued their London and Provincial New Directory which became Pigot & Co’s British Atlas of the Counties of England (98). This was very successful running to many reprints before being taken over by Isaac Slater. The Pigots also brought out Pigot and Co’s Pocket Atlas, Pocket Topography and Gazetteer with reduced lithograph versions of these maps, but without the vignettes.1 The vignette of Exeter Cathedral, removed from the plate of the larger map, was printed on the page facing the map together with a distance table of Devonshire. The Pocket Topography was first published fortnightly or monthly in separate parts from 1838. Devon did not appear until April 1839, making Pigot’s smaller map the first Victorian map of Devon.2

Size: 100 x 165 mm.                                                                                                                                                      Scale of Miles (10 =14 mm).

DEVONSHIRE. Imprint: PUBLISHED BY PIGOT & Co. LONDON. AND MANCHESTER. (CeOS). Signature: Pigot & Son, Engravers Manchr. (EeOS).

1.  1839 First issued fortnightly in separate parts. DevA3.
    Pigot & Co’s Pocket Atlas, Topography and Gazetteer of England  
    London and Manchester. J Pigot & Co. 1839.        B.
    A Pocket Topography and Gazetteer of England  
    London. J Pigot & Co. (1841), (1850). 4 BL, C, W; BL.
    London and Manchester. J Pigot & Co. (1844). KB5.


[1] This was mistakenly believed to have been published earlier and was originally catalogued as entry 114 in The Printed Maps of Devon.

[2] Eugene Burden; A Pocket Topography of England; IMCoS JOURNAL; Issue 80; Spring 2000.

[3] This is the part issue which includes the map of Devon. Illustrations courtesy of Devon Archives & Local Studies, Exeter - pDEV/1833/POC.

[4] These were published by Pigot & Co. in London, and also by Longman and Co., Sherwood and Co., and Simpkin and Marshall, as well as Pigot and Slater in Manchester.

[5] Has been bound separately in marbled covers with original text pages (pp.89-120) with distance table trimmed finely, removing last digit of mileage. Hodson suggests counties were issued in this format and Carroll lists an example for Lincolnshire. County text sections of Magna Britannia, with the second state of the smaller maps by Robert Morden (and subsequently amended by Hermann Moll, were also issued separately to the "atlas" volume. See Robert Morden 1701.

However, some of these may well be individual counties extracted from the atlas and bound separately.